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Old May 20th, 2008, 05:07 PM   #2501
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Old May 22nd, 2008, 01:54 PM   #2503
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Old May 27th, 2008, 02:54 PM   #2506
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Airlines cleared to increase jet fuel surcharges
Government permits Cathay and 12 other carriers to impose a 37pc rise

27 May 2008
South China Morning Post

Cathay Pacific Airways and other carriers have been cleared by the government to impose a 37 per cent increase in fuel surcharges - the biggest such rise in Hong Kong - on passengers from next week to help offset the escalating cost of jet fuel.

The higher surcharge means passengers flying within Asia will have to pay HK$171 each way, up from the current HK$125. Long-haul routes, such as to North and South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, will now cost HK$710 in fuel surcharges instead of HK$518.

The increase is likely to face little protest or resistance, especially from business travellers, who do not have to foot the bill.

Leisure travel is also not expected to be affected much, Paul Leung Yiu-lam, president of the Hong Kong Inbound Travel Association, said.

"The travel trade has little, if no, bargaining power at all," he said.

The Civil Aviation Department approved applications for higher fuel surcharges from a total of 13 carriers. Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines will impose the maximum 37 per cent rise. Nepal Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines opted to maintain their surcharges at HK$240 and HK$118 per leg, respectively.

All Nippon Airways is keeping its supplements on flights through Hong Kong unchanged at HK$123 next month and plans to add HK$2 in July. Pakistan International Airlines will place a HK$143 surcharge on its Bangkok route and a HK$160 levy on other flights, both up HK$40.

The department said the average surcharge is HK$413 on short-haul routes and HK$1,040 on long-haul flights.

The changes are effective from June 1 to July 31 and will be reviewed thereafter, the government said.

"The purpose of the passenger fuel surcharges is to help airlines tide over the short-term fluctuations in fuel costs," an aviation department spokesman said.

"It is estimated that most airlines recover about 40 per cent to 70 per cent of their additional fuel costs through the fuel surcharges.

"They have to do their own cost management to absorb the rest of the increased costs."

The latest adjustment reflects the 50-per cent increase in the price of jet fuel so far this year, rising from US$106 per barrel to US$159 per barrel.

According to data from the International Air Transport Association, which represents the airline industry, the global average price of jet fuel had already reached US$163.90 per barrel on May 16.

"Jet fuel prices have reached an unprecedented level and the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better," Cathay Pacific chief executive Tony Tyler said.

Regretting the need to increase the surcharge, Mr Tyler blamed the soaring cost of jet fuel on "additional refinery costs, limited refinery capacity and persistent demand".

He said the airline, which boasted net profit of HK$7 billion last year, up 71.8 per cent from 2006, is estimated to recover less than half of the increased cost of fuel as a result of the higher surcharge.

James Tien Pei-chun, chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board, said it was difficult for Hong Kong to escape the rising fuel costs but that hedging strategies currently used by airlines would mean the higher fuel costs would not be reflected until the end of the year.

A spokesman for the Consumer Council warned against adding to inflationary pressure and said the government should be quick to adjust the surcharge when fuel prices fall.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 07:49 AM   #2507
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Building Cathay
1 June 2008
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Cathay Pacific will have Seimens Mobility build its hard-won new freight terminal at Hong Kong International Airport. Under the $180 million contract, Seimens will build a facility capable of handling 2.6 million tonnes annually to be completed by 2012, with capability of expansion to a capacity of 4 million tonnes.

No airline likes to be described as a building site, but Cathay Pacific is clearly in building mode. The carrier, which won the blessing from the Airport Authority of Hong Kong to set up the third cargo handling outfit at its home base, is revamping its fleet and is looking to build a joint venture cargo airline with Air China.

Cathay was the driving force behind the push for a third ground handler at Chek Lap Kok airport. According to Ron Mathison, director and general manager of cargo, its handling costs at Hong Kong have been significantly higher than at many other airports. Not surprisingly, the airline's growth projections for Hong Kong's throughput have been more bullish than those of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals, which handles the lion's share of the total, including the Cathay portion.

Under the terms of the agreement with the airport authority, Cathay will invest some $615.6 million in the design, construction and equipment of the new facility that is scheduled to open in the second half of 2011. Occupying an area of 24.7 acres, the facility will be able to process 2.6 million tonnes per year, with expansion capability to 4 million tonnes. A separate management team in CPSL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay, will operate the terminal.

"It will be a common use terminal open to all customer airlines," Mathison said.

Canopy Canape

Meanwhile, HACTL has embarked on a $2.7 million project to construct three linked canopies to protected cargo on the ramp from weather conditions. The structures should be ready by the second quarter of next year.

"Despite a slowdown in air cargo tonnage growth worldwide, we believe that the long-term growth prospects remain good," said Cathay chief executive Tony Tyler. "2008 and 2009 are likely to be challenging, but we expect a pickup in growth during 2010-2012."

Last year, Hong Kong's throughput reached 3.74 million tonnes, up 4.5 percent from the previous year, while cargo traffic movements went up 6.4 percent. Cathay and sister airline Dragonair moved 1.67 million tonnes in 2007, 3.2 percent more than in 2006.

This year is looking decidedly challenging for the carrier. In a research note issued in early March ahead of the release of Cathay's first quarter results, Merrill Lynch analysts described the carrier as "one of the most exposed (airlines) to a downturn, given its focus on the longhaul, premium and air cargo markets."

Cargo is feeling the pinch. "Demand out of the Pearl River Delta has slowed down and yield is under pressure due to excess capacity in the market," Mathison said. "However, the main concern is the high jet fuel price, which is rendering many freighter services uneconomic."

In response to the rise in jet fuel prices, Cathay is taking nine of the 11 747-200 and -300 freighters in the Cathay/Dragonair fleet out of service this year and next, earlier than originally planned. This will not reduce the carrier's main deck capacity, as six 747-400 extended range freighters and four converted 747-400 freighters are entering the lineup. By the end of 2009, Cathay and Dragonair will field 29 freighters between them. And the fleet will continue to grow. In 2009, Cathay is to start taking delivery of the first of 10 747-8 freighters on order from Boeing.

Trans Pacific

While recent route additions or increases by Asian carriers have focused largely on the Asia-Europe sector, Cathay is also boosting this year its all-cargo flights across the Pacific. Subject to government approval, Mathison wants to launch three weekly 747-400 freighter flights from Hong Kong through Anchorage to Miami and Houston in September. This will bring the number of U. S. gateways served with freighters to eight.

"Miami is the leading gateway to Latin America and Houston is an important center for the oil business," Mathison said. "We have also recently added two freighter flights per week to Hanoi and Dhaka as part of our network development plan."

Come October, Cathay will have better access to China, as the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities late last year agreed to relax a swathe of restrictions on aviation services between the two territories, including cargo flights to Shanghai and Beijing. However, Mathison sees no cause for stepping up Cathay's freighter flights across the border in the near future.

"There are already enough traffic rights available. We are one of the largest players in the Shanghai market with 21 Cathay/Dragonair freighter services a week from Hong Kong," he said.

Cathay's stature in the China market should take a giant leap forward once the long awaited joint venture with Air China materializes, according to Air China top management. This was supposed to happen before the end of 2007, but there have been no signs of progress for some time.

"The discussions are still ongoing. I can't say more than that, I'm afraid," Mathison said.

U.S. Bound

Great Wall Airlines, the Chinese all-cargo carrier that saw its initial bid for trans-Pacific service grounded by U.S. regulators, announced it would finally begin freighter flights to the United States this month.

The Shanghai-based airline said it would start 747-400 freighter flights to Seattle and Chicago three times weekly out of Shanghai with a stop in Seoul.

"Our focus for the rest of the year will be on growing our network to USA", said Tan Kai Ping, the airline's president. "We intend to introduce more frequencies and more destinations in the coming months."

A joint venture between Singapore Airlines and business interests in China, Great Wall had hoped to start United States service last year. But the airline's bid was halted when the U.S. Department of Commerce cited one of its main investors for violating U.S. barriers against trade with Iran. That effectively barred U.S. businesses from doing business with the company or its subsidiaries, including Great Wall.

The airline, one of several recent startup freighter operations in China, has gone ahead with other services between Asia and Europe, including Amsterdam and Manchester.

… Briefly

Freight traffic for Asia-Pacific airlines grew 2.9 percent in the first quarter over the first three months of 2007 on a 0.7 percent gain in capacity. The 0.9 percent expansion in capacity in March marked the sixth straight month the Association of Asia-Pacific Airlines has measured capacity growth at less than 2 percent. … Korean Air finished 2007 with a 9.3 percent gain in cargo over the year before on an 11.4 percent increase in capacity. The world's largest international air freight carrier said cargo revenue grew 13 percent over the year before and that yield expanded 11.7 percent in the fourth quarter over the same quarter in 2006, and grew 16.8 percent from the third quarter to the fourth quarter.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 06:50 AM   #2508
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Plan for new flights to connect HK
29 May 2008
South China Morning Post

Jet Airways is planning to launch more direct flights between India and Hong Kong. The route is currently served by the new Airbus A330-200 which can carry 220 passengers in its premier and economy class.

Jet Airways' executives say the airline is the only one of its type to offer its premier passengers a unique herringbone seat configuration. This makes every premier seat on the Mumbai-Hong Kong route an aisle seat and capable of being converted into flat beds. Equally, economy passengers enjoy ergonomically designed and spacious seats.

To support these initiatives, the airline opened an office in Hong Kong in March, offering ticketing, reservation and cargo freight services.

Established in May 1993, Jet Airways operates one of the youngest fleets in the world. Its 81 planes cover more than 380 flights a day to 59 destinations worldwide, including major cities such as New York, Toronto, London and Brussels, and now Hong Kong.

During the flight inauguration ceremony, Jet Airways founder and chairman Naresh Goyal, said: "In the past decade or so, we have worked hard to grow our business, and Jet Airways is today one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world.

"Building on this proud accomplishment, we believe it is the time for us to extend our reach in the region with booming economies and rising demand for air flight service.

"The new Mumbai and Hong Kong route, and the many others to follow, will strengthen our leading position in the industry and provide a convenient option to business travellers and visitors between Hong Kong and India."

There are more than 40,000 Indian residents and 1,500 Indian firms in Hong Kong. India is Hong Kong's 12th-largest trade partner. Last year, Hong Kong received more than 310,000 Indian visitors, 8 per cent more than in 2006.

"As the gateway to South China, Hong Kong is a very important destination for Jet Airways given the large volume of business and leisure travel. We believe that there is great potential in the India-Hong Kong sector for an airline such as ours," Mr Goyal said.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 06:50 AM   #2509
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Airlines raise fuel surcharges
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Passengers on 11 airlines will have to pay 37 percent more in fuel surcharges because of rocketing oil prices.
The Civil Aviation Department has also allowed two other carriers to maintain their current surcharges at the existing levels.

A CAD spokesman said passengers who pay for their tickets before this Sunday will not be affected by the increases even if they are traveling after then.

Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines which currently levy fuel surcharges ranging from HK$125 to HK$518 will from June 1 charge HK$171 to HK$710.

Air China, China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines will raise their charges from HK$125 to HK$171 for short-haul journeys. Air Canada, Air Mauritius and Turkish Airlines will raise their surcharges from HK$518 to HK$710 while Aeroflot will increase its levy from HK$508 to HK$620.

Pakistan International Airlines will charge HK$143 and HK$160 against HK$103 and HK$120 now, but All Nippon Airways will keep its surcharge at the existing level of HK$123 next month before increasing this to HK$125 in July.

Saudi Arabian Airlines and Nepal Airlines will not increase their charges.

The airlines will have to apply again if they wish to readjust their fuel surcharges.

Cathay said the latest increase will cover less than half the increased cost of fuel.

A spokesman said jet fuel prices now account for 40 percent of Cathay's net operating costs, compared with 30 percent last year.

Despite the fuel surcharges being at a historical high, a government source described it as fair since fuel costs are also at an historical high.

A CAD spokesman said aviation fuel prices have increased by about 50 percent since the beginning of the year.

The government source denied fuel price increases are being passed on to customers.

"It is estimated most airlines will be able to recover only about 40 percent to 70 percent of their additional fuel costs through the fuel surcharges," the source said.

Aviation fuel now costs US$159 (HK$1,240) a barrel compared with US$106 a barrel at the beginning of the year.

The source said the CAD had used 31 short-haul and 34 long-haul routes as reference and that their average current surcharges of HK$413 to HK$1,040 were higher than the latest adjustment levels in Hong Kong.

The CAD spokesman said the charges would be adjusted downward should aviation fuel prices decrease.

Travel Industry Council executive director Joseph Tung Yiu-chung said he did not think an extra few hundred dollars in costs would deter people from traveling.
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Old June 1st, 2008, 08:25 AM   #2510
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Would it be a good idea for HKIA (and Macau airport) to install Chinese Customs Preclearance like Canadian airports with US Customs facilities?

It would save a lot of $ for all those small provincial airports and ferry terminals who need to hire immigration officers.
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Third quarter target for first Islamic bond
6 June 2008
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The Hong Kong Airport Authority said yesterday it could launch the city's first Islamic bond sale as early as the third quarter of this year.

Confirming yesterday's report in the South China Morning Post, the bond issue moves Hong Kong a step closer to establishing itself as an Islamic financial hub. Market observers expect the maiden Islamic bond could be about US$300 million to US$500 million.

"We hope to confirm the details in the third quarter and be among the first Hong Kong organisations to issue an Islamic bond," said Stanley Hui, the Airport Authority's chief executive.

The Post reported yesterday that the operator of Chek Lap Kok airport planned to sell the territory's first Islamic bond, pending government approval of a tax exemption to make the deal comply with Islamic laws.

Sharia law bans interest income but allows profit sharing, meaning Hong Kong's tax laws that tax profit but not interest income will have to be revamped to make Islamic bonds a worthwhile investment.

Frank Kwong, chairman of the Asia Capital Market Association, said the Airport Authority was likely to issue the bond in September but would still need time to solve the tax issue and modify the structure of the bonds to make it more investor-friendly.

Investors usually had more interest in new investment launches after the summer holidays, meaning the third-quarter launch was good timing. Mr Kwong expected the government, which is keen to promote Hong Kong as an Islamic finance centre, would be able to work out the tax issue.

HSBC has been mandated to arrange the transaction, with Citi also playing a key role, according to sources. HSBC and Citi declined to comment.

"The Airport Authority has already done a lot of ground work in order to meet Islamic rules," a source close to the airport operator said earlier. "What it is waiting for is a tax exemption from the government."

The bond's success will be a victory for Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who wants to see Hong Kong develop an Islamic finance market to attract Middle Eastern oil wealth.

The plan had met scepticism because of Hong Kong's distance from the Middle East and its small Muslim population.

Hong Kong has the potential to become an Islamic finance centre but will have to consider revising certain tax laws to facilitate the development, according to accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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Old June 11th, 2008, 09:00 AM   #2516
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India's Jet defers start of flights to Hong Kong

MUMBAI, June 9 (Reuters) - India's top private carrier, Jet Airways , has delayed the start of its New Delhi-Hong Kong flights by a few months, a senior official said, signalling deepening gloom in an industry buffetted by high oil prices.

There are no plans "at the moment" to rationalise other routes, Executive Director Saroj Datta said on Monday.

"We are deferring New Delhi-Hong Kong flights to the winter, taking into account the requirements of the market, and redeploying the capacity," he said.

The flights had been scheduled to start in June.

State-run rival Air India [AI.UL], is examining its schedule but has not made a decision yet, a spokesman said.

"We are taking a long, hard look at our schedule because of the extremely difficult conditions... with the unprecedented and unabated rise in fuel prices, which are affecting the economic viability of flights in certain sectors," he said.

Indian jet fuel prices have risen nearly 90 percent since last June, which may cause Indian airlines to double their losses in 2008/09 from 40 billion rupees ($932 million) a year ago, the civil aviation secretary said last week.

Jet fuel prices, which make up nearly 45 percent of an Indian carrier's operating cost, are about three-quarters higher than international benchmarks on account of local taxes.

Airlines have said they may look at rationalising routes and cutting capacity, and discount carrier SpiceJet last week said it would consider temporarily suspending some flights.

Jet, Kingfisher, budget carrier Deccan Aviation and Air India raised their fuel surcharge last week, but the airlines would also need to rethink their strategy, said Kapil Kaul, chief executive for India at the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.

"High fuel prices are here to stay, so it's important that airlines take another look at schedules and staffing, instead of waiting for the market to turnaround."

"Jet in particular, has been very aggressive in its international expansion, and they really need to consider if they should continue at that pace for the next 12-18 months," he said.

Jet, which is scheduled to launch daily services from Mumbai to San Francisco via Shanghai later this week, is adding more destinations in North America, Europe and Asia as it aims to get half its revenue from international operations by March 2010.

Merrill Lynch has forecast Jet will book a fourth quarter loss of 716 million rupees versus a profit of 881 million rupees in the same period a year earlier.

Jet, which has 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order, has delayed reporting its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings. Chairman Naresh Goyal has said he expected the airline to turn a profit in 2009/10, in line with improved industry earnings. ($1=42.9 rupees)
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Virgin to fly to HK twice daily:
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"East is the new West":
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^ The newswire release of the same :

Virgin Atlantic To Start Twice Daily London-Hong Kong Svc
10 June 2008
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LONDON (Dow Jones)--Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. said on Tuesday that it's to increase its frequency between London Heathrow and Hong Kong from a daily flight to twice a day.

The extra services will lead to the creation of 100 new cabin crew roles, Virgin Atlantic said.
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Our destiny lies in delta region, says airport chief
30 May 2008
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Outgoing Airport Authority chairman Victor Fung Kwok-king says he is confident the airport can nearly triple the volume of cargo and double the number of passengers it handles each year within two decades.

"This airport, I believe, is definitely heading for 10 million tonnes of cargo and 100 million passengers" within the next 20 years, he said. "I would be fairly disappointed if we didn't."

New records were set last year, when the airport handled more than 3.74 million tonnes of cargo, up 4.5 per cent from 2006, and more than 47.78 million passengers, up 7.5 per cent. It was originally designed to have enough capacity for 9 million tonnes of cargo and 87 million passengers a year.

Plans for a Lantau logistics park near the airport were not dead, Mr Fung said.

Mr Fung, who steps down tomorrow after nine years as chairman, is a strong proponent of increasing the airport's catchment area in the Pearl River Delta region through co-operation with airports in Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai . The authority jointly manages Zhuhai airport and holds a 35 per cent stake in Hangzhou airport.

"This really raises the whole issue that, as we start managing Zhuhai, get closer to Shenzhen, work closer with Macau and eventually even Guangzhou, we should create an airport system in the entire Pearl River Delta that could serve Hong Kong and the whole region.

"Hong Kong is at the heart of the Pearl River Delta and, more and more, our destiny is tied up with developing this whole economic zone."

In the short term, Mr Fung said direct flights between Taiwan and the mainland could divert an estimated 6 per cent of passenger traffic from Hong Kong's airport.

He said the city would not offer different pricing structures for major airlines and low-cost or budget carriers. Some airports, such as in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Zhengzhou , have a terminal dedicated to budget carriers.

"There's no reason why, if you're a low-cost airline, you don't fly into Shenzhen" and connect to Hong Kong via a high-speed rail link, he said. "Hong Kong cannot take the view that we only do the high-end and not want the low-end."

Asked about the persistent rumours surrounding the airport's possible listing, Mr Fung said he was unaware of any such plans.

Starting next month, Mr Fung will head the 90-year-old Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce for two years as its first Asian chairman. He was previously its vice-chairman.
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